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Student test scores were a magic trick

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A nice little how-do-you-do in the world of public education: The test scores that education officials in New York have been ballyhooing these past few years turn out to have been inflated, to put it charitably, or bogus, to put it more baldly. When adjusted for reality, they fall dramatically. The proportion of elementary students proficient in English is not really 77 percent, it’s 53 percent. The proportion proficient in math is not really 86 ...

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August 10, 2010
9:17 a.m.

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When are we going to learn that we MUST teach our children--knowledge,basic skills--teach them how to read, write, do arithmetic. We are too wrapped up in gifted and talented. They have to have music, art, phys ed, special programs. The actual basics get blown away in the wind. Those basic skills that are so necessary to getting along in this world are the last thing teachers are told to look toward. And so we end up teaching the children how to take a test and that is how they get their basic skills. That will continue until no one will know how to read. We will become dependent on tapes to read our books to us, and calculators to do our math. WAKE UP AMERICA!

August 10, 2010
7:14 p.m.

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When we stop teaching to the tests is when the real learning will begin. Perhaps, parential involvement should be escalated..educators can only do so much..parents must be an intergal part of the learning process...the home environment must encourage learning...not watching TV or playing video more reading done the more knowledge gained.

August 11, 2010
8:52 p.m.

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Rid our schools of tenure, pay teachers on merit, honestly evaluate individual teachers on teaching ability, make them actually earn a living.

Secondly, rid our schools of all disruptive students. No politically correct crap....if they are bad kids, discipline them, real discipline, and if it doesn't work, put them somewhere where they harm each other, not the kids who want to learn.

Tell the parents to shut up and butt out. Let the teachers teach, without looking over their shoulders, without having to listen to Mommy explain away little Billy's laziness or unwillingness to learn or the fact that he really is dumber than a rock.

If you fail. If his feelings get hurt, maybe next year, or the third year in 7th grade, he will apply himself and finally realize that nothing in life is free.

Our schools set up our students to fail as adults, simply because they are not allowed to fail as kids.